Cats are awesome. We all agree on that (if you don’t, I have a feeling you might not want to turn your iPad into a cat toy. Just saying). I must admit, though, that even for a cat lover like me, the idea of letting my cats play with my precious iPad seemed a bit crazy. I mean, they have enough toys of their own that don’t cost hundreds of dollars.
Well, I’m here to tell you that letting your cats play with iPad cat toys is the most fun you and they are going to have this month. Surprisingly, cats (at least mine) tend to be very gentle on the screen and don’t really use their claws, and seeing them trying to find the critters on the screen under the iPad is positively hilarious. So if you feel ready now, and think you’re up to trying, here are 6 great apps that turn your iPad into an awesome cat toy. You won’t regret it!
Friskies JitterBug [iTunes]
This game by Friskies was definitely one of the favorites. When you load it, you can either choose “Play Game” or “Advanced”. In Advanced, you can choose how many bugs you want to see of each, and choose to play the endless mode, which basically lets your cat play forever and ever.
If you start the game through the Advanced screen, you will get a totally black screen with cute bugs on it. My cats loved this. When the cat taps on a bug, it disappears, but new ones enter all the time. The game has no sound. If it’s not in endless mode, the cat can “win” by killing all the bugs.
If you don’t enter the game through the advanced screen, you will get a timed game with prompts and levels, which my cats found somewhat less appealing.
These are two more games by Friskies, which are very similar to one another and are therefore included under the same title. The goal of the game is for the cat to tap on the fish. When it does, they disappear. Here, too, there is no sound.
In Cat Fishing, there’s just this screen with one fish, which is replaced by a new one when the cat taps it. There’s a “kill count” on the top right corner.
Cat Fishing 2 is a bit more complex, with more than one fish at a time, and a timer and levels that keep prompting and switching. As with JitterBug, my cats loved the fish, not so much the prompts.
Game For Cats [iTunes]
Game for Cats are really trying to sell you more games, but their free version is actually quite good too. When you launch the app, you will see this screen. The cheese version on the right requires an in-app purchase, but the laser version on the left is totally free.
If your cats like to play with a laser pointer, they’re going to love this. The laser dot moves around the screen at a surprisingly lifelike way, and is really calling out to cats to catch it. The dot is a bit hard to catch, but if they manage to do it, it blows up with a small ding sound, and a new one appears.
To exit the game, tap the paw icon on the bottom 5 times in a row (hopefully your cats can’t do this).
Cat Toys Lite [iTunes]
In this game, your cat gets to play with a purple mouse trapped in a box. You can control the speed of the mouse, and toggle sounds on and off. When your cat taps the mouse, it speeds up, and if sounds are on, it also squeaks.
Something about the mouse’s movements really caught my cats’ eye, and they went to great lengths trying to catch it. You can also get the full version for $0.99, which lets you choose between 5 different toys.
Cat Toy [iTunes]
Now this is a good one. Cat Toy is actually an iPhone app, one of those you have to blow up to fit the iPad screen, but if your cats are not too picky about their graphics, it’s not a problem.
The game lets you choose between four different modes: Itsy (spider), Flutter (butterfly), Zapper (laser) and Squeak (mouse).
The favorite in my house was the mouse, hands down. In this mode, the mouse is running around the screen, and then vanishes off it. While it’s gone, you hear scratching sounds that simply drove my cats crazy. They were sure the mouse was hiding under the iPad.
The other modes are fun too, but not as good as this. The only problem was that my cats were so enthusiastic, they kept activating multi-touch gestures and switching apps. This only happened with this app.
Catch The Mouse Cat Game [iTunes – $0.99]
As the only paid app on this lineup, Catch the Mouse is worth the 99¢, but (at least for my cats) only if you turn off the sound.
What you get in this game is a cute orange mouse, and it’s running around the screen for dear life. The sounds, unfortunately, are bit over the top, and my cats were not really buying it. They sat there looking at the thing, but it was making such unbelievable sounds, they weren’t engaged.
The magic happened when I turned off the sound. Suddenly, the mouse became very attractive, and the hits counter started climbing. If you don’t like orange on black, there are 5 different background colors to choose from, and 3 different mouse colors.
Turning the iPad into a cat toy is officially a success. The apps are great, and the cats had loads of fun (and so did us humans).
What do your cats think of these games? Or do you think it’s totally crazy to even try? Do you know any more cool cat games for the iPad? Share everything in the comments.